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Roger Corman's Cult Classics Triple Feature (Attack of the Crab Monsters / War of the Satellites / Not of This Earth) (1957)

Richard Garland , Pamela Duncan , Roger Corman  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Richard Devon, Dick Miller, Susan Cabot
  • Directors: Roger Corman
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00465I1BK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

A salute to the king of the Bs featuring new interviews with Roger Corman, Peter Fonda, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante and many more

Audio commentaries on all three flms with Tom Weaver, John Brunas and Mike Brunas, Authors of Universal Horrors

The Roger Corman Trailer Collection including over 25 trailers Produced and Directed by Roger Corman

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Product Description

Three Films Produced And Directed By Honorary Academy Award Recipient And King Of B-Movies, Roger Corman: With All New Film Transfers From The Negative!

In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligans Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).

An alien comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in Not Of This Earth. He needs the blood of humans to take back to his planet of Davana for his dying race. Starring Paul Birch, Beverly Garland (It Conquered The World) and Jonathan Haze (Little Shop Of Horrors). These two films played as a double feature back when they were released theatrically and both films were penned by longtime Corman collaborator Charles B. Griffith, who wrote such classics as A Bucket Of Blood, Creature From The Haunted Sea and Death Race 2000.

In War Of The Satellites, an unknown force declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere. Starring Dick Miller (Bucket Of Blood), Richard Devon (Blood Of Dracula), Susan Cabot (The Wasp Woman) and a cameo by Roger Corman.

Three of legendary producer-director Roger Corman's earliest science-fiction films--Not of This Earth (1957), War of the Satellites (1958), and the delirious Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)--are featured in dazzling new presentations on this double-disc set. Make no mistake about these films: though they're billed as "classics," they're pure B pictures--the Crab Monsters are ungainly, goggle-eyed constructions, and the futuristic space design of Satellites consists of a few desks and couches--but Corman's particular skill was in translating a clever, watchable idea into a brisk and ultra-cheap feature. As a result, the plots of these films remain engaging and entertaining long after the giggles over the special effects have been stifled; Crab Monsters hinges on the unique notion of the monsters assuming the intellects of a research team (which includes Gilligan's Island's Russell Johnson) after consuming them, while Satellites concerns an alien-possessed astronaut who tries to upend the US space program. Not of This Earth is the best of the lot, an atmospheric thriller about an alien (Paul Birch, with unsettling white contact lenses) who kills to send human blood back to his home planet. Its mix of horror/vampire tropes and invasion thrills makes for a thoroughly watchable feature, and one that Corman found particularly appealing, having remade it in 1988 and 1995. Credit should also go to scripters Charles B. Griffith and Mark Hanna, both veteran writers for Corman, who crafted the novel concepts behind Crab Monsters and Not of This Earth.

All three films were staples of Saturday afternoon and late-night TV broadcasts, but remained out of circulation, save for poor-quality bootlegs, until now. Shout Factory's presentations are virtually spotless and even include (mostly extraneous) footage shot to fill out syndicated TV time slots. Not of This Earth and Crab Monsters also feature fact-filled commentaries by film historians Tom Weaver and John and Mike Brunas, while Satellites is buffeted by 25 trailers for Corman's films, including early efforts like Creature from the Haunted Sea and his last directorial credit to date, 1990's Frankenstein Unbound. Corman himself offers a brief background on his experiences with the film, while a host of Hollywood talent he nurtured, including Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich, Jack Hill, and others, pay tribute to him in a sizable testimonial. In all, it's an essential package for Corman devotees and those with a fondness for '50s sci-fi. --Paul Gaita

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that it is advertised to be! January 21, 2011
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Shout Factory has fulfilled my wildest dreams! These DVDs of three classic Roger Corman Fifties science-fiction "classics" are the best prints I have ever seen. No complaints at all. And all the bonus materials make the price astounding! Purchase this item with no fear. You will be very pleased with the clarity and the quality.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Corman Triple Feature January 22, 2011
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Finally a release of the cult classic Not Of This Earth and a decent copy of Attack of the Crab Monsters. This is a two disc set with nice extras including interesting commentaries on Attack of the Crab Monsters and Not Of This Earth. The prints on all 3 movies are excellent. A real treat for 1950's scifi/horror fans. A 5-Star release!!!
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primo Corman January 21, 2011
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Vintage Science Fiction and Horror fans have cause to celebrate with this magnificent release from Shout Factory. Over the years, movie auteurs and critics have raved about Roger Corman's Poe Films with Vincent Price but back in the fifties he was cutting his directing chops with over a dozen low budget genre films which the ones included in this set are among his best and rarest. All these titles have never seen the light of day in pristine negative transfers in both 16mm film or Video tape. Now in the digital age, our wish has come true. Not only do you have these films looking as they must have on the big screen over fifty years ago , you have an incredible array of extras including a brand new interview with the master plus a tribute documentary with comments by the people who worked and knew him in the business and a collection of over 25 trailers of his best work. The piece de resistance is audio commentaries on 'ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS' and 'NOT OF THIS EARTH' by three great Film Historians who I had the honor and pleasure of knowing over twenty years ago, Tom Weaver and the Brunas brothers Michael and John who I lovingly remember joining them scrambling over each others basements back in the day to see a 16mm print of 'WAR OF THE SATELLITES' and treating it like the second coming. These men know their stuff and boy, do I miss them and their incredible candor and wit. Shout Factory has released the first important release of this year and every genre fan owes it to themselves to include these great guilty pleasures in their collections. And where else can you see two of the most underrated actresses of their generation : Beverly Garland and Susan Cabot strutting their stuff and making you quiver with their beauty and intelligence which always made mince meat of their leading men and made you believe the words they had to recite from the scripts meant so much more then their mediocre surroundings. Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Fans of the filmmaker, of the genre, of cult film in general will be well advised to snap up this extraordinary DVD set before it becomes a scarcity. After years of lousy bootleg video tapes, Shout Factory has finally released official copies of three out of the four drive-in pictures Roger Corman made for Allied Artists (Teenage Doll is the other one, and as fantastic as the other three).

First up, on Disc 1 - "The Greatest Double Horror Show of All Time!" - Crab Monsters and Not of this Earth, in near-pristine UK theatrical prints, and they have never looked better. Floyd Crosby's moody cinematography, Paul Julian's marvelous animated title sequences, and Ronald Stein's haunting scores both come to life in these new releases, which is like watching these classics for the first time.

Crab Monsters stands up today better than ever, of course featuring the greatest monster prop of all time, an expressionist aluminum-and-styrofoam sculpture which puts modern Giger-influenced creature design to shame. Not of This Earth was Corman's wild attempt to create a science-fiction fable inspired by European neo-realism, and is as dark and gloomy a drive-in picture as was ever made, with Paul Birch's vampire-alien character one of the great performances of the 1950s.

Disc 2 features War of the Satellites (also via a near-mint UK theatrical print), one of Corman's most misunderstood and under-appreciated pictures IMHO, an exciting parable on the moral duality of Man, with magnificently cool miniatures and f/x by Jack Rabin, Irving Block and Louis DeWitt, along with a thrilling score by Walter Greene (one of the decade's finest), and an absolutely incredible dual-role performance by Richard Devon.

But the Bonus Features are worth the price of admission alone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally...Justice to Forgotten Films February 5, 2011
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I waited to read reviews before I ordered. I did, and am more than satisfied. The history of independent film probably was brought to the modern sensibilities via Ed Wood, and his failure. Here we have Roger Corman, an innovator, and some really good prints of films that were thought as lost; Shout Entertainment has delivered a package that makes a 50's trash-film junkie like me scream with joy. The lowest budget-type film is Crab Monsters; War of the Satellites is literate and fun; the best of all is Not of This Earth, a smart story, and creepiest of the bunch. Beverly Garland is the best scream queen ever. I look forward to any future release from the Shout company. They have taken care to present a quality product, which can only encourage them to continue. The Nicholson estate has a hold on some of the best AIP/Corman films, like It Conquered the World and Invasion of the Saucermen. They'd better let loose, or the audience who really appreciates this stuff will all be dead. Thanks, Shout...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old classic movies
Love the old classic movies, even some of the 'B' movies are good here....yet you will get some that are just plain baloney....yet when buying these -know what you are looking for. Read more
Published 3 days ago by FKohler
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful camp.
Plays well. Prompt shipping.
Published 12 days ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Another classic sci-fi movie pack.
Published 1 month ago by Thommo
5.0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy this collection, get it
Love those old Saturday night creature features? Corman was the giant of them all of low budget, but good movies. Others have reviewed the movies included and stuff like that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph R Juvenal
5.0 out of 5 stars Crab monsters isn't much better, but I found it more entertaining
These are Roger Corman films so you get what is expected. War of the Satellites is the weakest in my opinion. Crab monsters isn't much better, but I found it more entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MB01
3.0 out of 5 stars Cult but maybe not classic
These really are cult movies. The crab monsters are gigantic crabs that trash-talk their intended victims with heavy Jewish accents.
Published 3 months ago by radical53
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is better than I thought
Published 3 months ago by shaky
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of cult science fiction
This has three of Roger Corman's movies. One is a classic, the other two are not. I got this for Not of This Earth (1957), which does not seem to be available separately. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark K. Rempel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
Hoky cheap B flicks from my childhood. I was 6 and hid behind my mother on the couch at midnight watching the local creature feature in Detroit. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. SCHWEND
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Classics Review
I was a teenager when these classic movies came out. We watched these movies at the drive-in theaters and were lots of fun. It's great to have these memories on DVD. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard De Cora
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